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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics is where poetry meets design.

Launched in 2013, Tab Journal is an international journal of all things poetry. The project is a collaboration between poet and nonfiction writer Anna Leahy and information designer Claudine Jaenichen and is housed at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

Take a look at our DESIGN STATEMENT to understand how we think about text and form as we create the distinctive reading experience of Tab Journal. In addition, we strive to design an increasingly inclusive literary space, which includes welcoming the voices and perspectives of those who have been underrepresented in publishing.

Our editorial STAFF includes faculty in creative writing, graphic design, and literature. MFA in Creative Writing students and alums write book reviews for Tab Journal and participate in the editorial process and public relations for Tab Journal.

Tab Journal publishes online issues in March, May, July, September, and November. The May issue features winners of the California Coastal Commission K-12 poetry contest.

Tab Journal publishes an innovative print issue every January. The print issue is distributed widely, including at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. While Tab Journal accepts charitable contributions, we do not charge for copies. We are happy to share copies for classroom or library use; contact us to request a batch.

Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University celebrated its 10th anniversary and the re-envisioned Tab Journal in December 2019 with a reading by more than a dozen poets, the launch of this website, and updated Archives to increase accessibility.

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